The American Birding Association annually comes out with the list of birds that have been added or taken away for the ABA area. This year there were 5 new additions and one of them just happens to be Nanaday Parakeet (Black-hooded). This is a species I see at least a couple of times a week and they are certainly breeding and established in Palm Beach County. If you are a birder and need this species the Boynton Beach Inlet is a very reliable location.
I also saw another year bird this past week at the Inlet. With the strong East winds I’ve done a couple of sea watches hoping for a Pelagic bird or two. Other than many Common Loons and Northern Gannets I saw this onespecies of Jaeger. I’ve looked at a bunch of field guides and talk to a number of good birders and have decided that this is a Pomarine Jaeger.
I’ve learned quite a bit lately about ID’ing birds and one thing that really helped me with this ID was that I really had paid attention to how it was flying and it size in relation to the other birds it was associating with. This is really important when they are far away and you can’t see every detail of the bird. It also is important to pay attention to a birds habitat and what it’s doing and eating. Sometimes these clues can eliminate many species and help in the final decision on what a bird might be.
I’ve seen many more Common Loons this year than I can remember. It seems like every time I’m at the beach I see at least a couple go by. This one was nice enough to be on the intercostal side so the sun was in a nice position.
Yesterday I did a little yard birding and added pictures of a few more species to my yard list.
Thank you so much for visiting and wish me luck on the last 3 weeks of my Big Year … I think I still can get 2-3 more species if the weather cooperates!